In-person event

February 21, 2024 Quarterly Education Meeting

Santa Ana Elks Lodge - Off of 55 & Edinger


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The Financial Planning Association of Orange County prides itself on hosting some of the world's top speakers in the industry. Our quarterly programming will elevate your financial planning know-how and help you be the best planner you can be. Expand your professional network and enjoy the camaraderie of friends and peers. Don’t miss our latest video. Check it out here!

Join us for this great day of education and networking! 

- Learn and share best practices to achieve greater business success.

- Build your professional competency in practice of financial planning.

- Hear from some of the profession's most preeminent thought leaders.

- Learn about the latest tools and services from top companies that can help your business and clients.

- Connect with professionals of all demographics and professional backgrounds.

Welcome & Pledge: 8:30am
President’s Message with Eric Kimbro: 8:35am

Session 1: First Trust/Vanguard Active vs Passive Panel Discussion, Presented By:
Bill Puggini (Vanguard) and Craig Pierce (First Trust)

Understand the pros/cons of ETFs. 

  1. Pros/Cons of ETFs vs Mutual Funds
  2. Pros/Cons of Active vs Passive ETFs
  3. How are advisors successfully using ETFs
  4. What are new innovations in ETFs

9:30am: Partner Round Table
9:45am: Break
9:55am: Gold Sponsor Presentation with CNR

10:00am: Session 2: Helping Business Owners Navigate the Pitfalls of Exiting a Business, Presented By: Ken DiCairano, CFA, CEPA, City National Rochdale
20% of all business owners in the US are looking to sell their business within the next 5-10 years. How many of those have a plan in place or help from someone to guide them? Less than 50%. Ken will walk through the current M&A landscape and discuss tips to help  business owners avoid mistakes as they plan for an exit.

10:50am: Break
11:05am: Session 3: California P&C Market Update,
Presented By: Fred Giron, CPCU AIC

As of late, scarcely a month passes without an insurance carrier suspending new business, imposing substantial delays on policy issuance, raising rates, or stipulating the need for additional lines of business as a prerequisite for binding. From a consumer’s perspective, you may have observed the news regarding State Farm, Allstate, Kemper, and others discontinuing home insurance in California or seen your home or auto insurance go up in cost. So, what is happening in California? Fred will help explain what is going on and provide some helpful advice for you and your clients.

11:55am: Gold Sponsor Presentation with NYLIM
12:05pm: Chapter Announcements
12:15pm: Lunch

1:15pm: Session 4: Tax Planning for Businesses, Even Yours,
Presented by:
Mark Prendergast, CFP®, CPA
We will explore various tax issues encountered by business owners, from start-up phase to retirement/liquidation/succession concepts. Along the way we will discuss some unique business deductions including qualified retirement plans, QBI deduction, depreciation alternatives, and state pass-through entity tax deduction/credit. And to the wind-up phase, we will discuss tax planning related to exiting the business.

2:05pm: Break
2:20pm: Session 5: Reverse Mortgage: A uniquely shaped piece of the Retirement Planning puzzle, Presented by: Robert Trommler

The Reverse Mortgage has been specifically designed (and regulated) to be a source of tax free funds to help augment a senior home owner’s retirement plan. This loan turns what would normally be a “non-performing asset” (home equity) into a performing asset by converting a portion of home equity into tax free revenue that does not carry a repayment requirement as long as the borrower lives in the subject home. Whether the loan is used to pay off and remove an existing home mortgage loan, or on a free / clear property, this option results in an increase in the borrower’s monthly spendable revenue and the “non-recourse” quality of the loan means the borrower, the heirs or estate can never owe more for the loan than the property is worth.

3:10pm: Closing Remarks & Raffles
3:25pm: Happy Hour on Elks Patio! Join us for networking!

Education Planning
General Financial Planning Principles
Investment Planning
Psychology of Financial Planning